Student Art Highlights Opening Gallery Show
Student artists display their best works — including sculptures, paintings and mixed media — in the opening show of the Flora Kirsch Beck Gallery at Alma College.
The Annual Juried Student Art Show continues through Thursday, Oct 6. Admission is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. A gallery reception takes place from 4 to 5 p.m. Oct 6.
Located on the first floor of the Clack Art Center on the Alma College campus, the gallery hosts three art shows per semester. Visitors are welcome to absorb and benefit from the creative artwork on display.
A student works in a Clack Art Center studio.
The annual student show features the work of the previous academic year from Alma College students at every phase of their career, including recently graduated seniors, says Daniel Connolly, who was newly appointed as the gallery director this year. Connolly, who teaches art history, joined the Alma College art faculty in the fall of 2009.
Art department faculty selected the artwork for the student show. Pieces are arranged within the show according to theme rather than media.
“One part of the room could be about portraiture, another could be historical ceramics,” says Connolly. “The pieces are placed so that shapes and forms work together.”
Among the students currently featured in the show is junior Meghan Cheyne. Her featured works include three sculptures, among them a ceramic self-portrait, and a pair of two-dimensional pieces.
“The gallery workers do such a great job of setting up each piece in its ideal spot,” says Cheyne, “Seeing my work on display in the spotlight is a little unnerving. I’m used to having my face inches from it, covered in dust and dirt.”
Sophomore Josh Gove has not just one or two pieces of his work on display, but eight.
“I am grateful to have the opportunity to display my work,” he says. “I’m very honored.”
Posted: Mon, September 19th, 2011 at 8:17AM